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Car acceleration while in idle mode

It's a 1989 Accura; does have a oil seal that's busted but keep all liquid levels checked. Has been stopping a few minutes after engaging the engine perhaps less than a 100 ft

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Check the crank shaft sensor they go bad without warning normally

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High temp low oil pressure light comes on after driving for a few minutes, then off when engine at driving rpm. At stop light (idle or low rpm) light comes back on. Normal driving it goes out.


You need to find out why you have low oil pressure. It is normal that as engine rpm's increase, the oil pressure will rise- the oil pump is moving oil faster. Even though your light goes out, you could still have critically low oil pressure. There should be sufficient pressure at idle to keep the light off. The light will come on when your oil pressure is almost nil- I believe for some it's as low as 8 psi. Normally, oil pressure at idle is specified anywhere from 15 to 40 psi. You would have to check specifications for your Expedition. To verify oil pressure, hook up a mechanical gauge at the oil pressure sending unit on the engine block. Check with a local shop.

The causes run from easy, simple to budget busting ruin. Low oil level, wrong grade oil, real old oil, oil leaks, internal oil leaks, worn oil pump, worn crankshaft bearings. It was pretty common on older very high mileage cars to have a fluttering oil light at stops and idle. It was time for a rebuild, or time to look for another car.

Jul 06, 2015 | 2003 Ford Expedition

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Hi I have a bmw320i 1989 model my oil light keeps flickering and when I have driven for about 20min it will stay on when I stop and the car is idling


check the oil level and condition. Change it if it looks black or too thick. Have a mechanical oil gauge fitted to check that the electrical gauge is correct because the problem may be in the oil pressure sender unit. Check the viscosity of the oil used as now you should be down to the 15w30 range for the cold weather.

Dec 10, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

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93 GMC Z71 - rough start or sometimes won't start unless it sits for a while (hours). When it does start it smells of gas and usually is accompanyed by smoke coming out of exhaust. Replaced fuel...


I'm assuming "white" smoke and not "black" since you didn't mention.
If white smoke, it's coolant or oil leaking into the cylinder heads while it is not running.
If oil and from leaking valve guide seals, it's not a serious thing and basically a nuisance. Just keep your motor oil level topped off until you have new seals installed or dispose of vehicle.
If coolant, it's a much more serious problem. The liquid in the head will do two things. One, foul the spark plug and possibly cause hydraulic lock (fluids cannot be compressed and cylinder locks up)
Check you oil level and if keeps going down a quart every few hundred miles, it's the valve seals.
Check your coolant. If down, it's possibly a head gasket leak, which is not uncommon for vintage and make.
If coolant keeps going down and not leaking on ground, that's a smoking gun, not to make a bad pun, for a leaking head gasket. At this point, it's prudent to first invest $10 on Barr's Leak Copper (looks like liquid copper in a jar) and add to your coolant system. Follow manufacturer's instructions and then see if problem either persists or abates.
If it abates, go and buy a lottery ticket since you're very lucky and solved a serious problem with an inexpensive fix.

Good Luck

Sep 22, 2017 | 1993 GMC Sierra K1500

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2002 grand am does not leak after driving, but I wake up in the morning to a huge puddle of oil.


SOUND LIKE FRONT CRANKSHAFT TIMING COVER SEAL OR REAR MAIN OIL SEAL LEAKING START ENGINE LET IT IDLE SEE IF YOU SEE OIL DRIPPING UNDERNEATH CAR LOOK FOR OIL LEAK AT TIMING COVER OR AT REAR OF ENGINE WHERE REAR MAIN SEAL LOCATED. CHECK ON TOP OF ENGINE INTAKE MANIFOLD AREA WHERE OIL PUMP DRIVE GEAR IS.O - RING AT THE OIL PUMP DRIVE GEAR WILL CAUSE LARGE OIL LEAK.OIL PUMP DRIVE GEAR IS LOCATED WHERE THE DISTRIBUTOR USE TO BE LOCATED.KEEP EYE ON OIL LEVEL IN CRANK CASE.KEEP PLENTY ENGINE OIL ON HAND UNTIL YOU FIX.I WOULD FIND LOCATE PROBLEM QUICK AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE OIL LEVEL GET TOO LOW ENGINE WILL SEIZE UP LACK OF OIL..

Jul 04, 2011 | 2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE

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I havea daewoo nubira and we replaced the valve cover gasket yesterday , did an oik change and now the engine is smoking white smoke. Try to check to hoses, could not see a leak. Where is the cylinder...


Hello and welcome to FixYa!

The cylinder head is located on the center of the engine. Yes it can be a worn out head gasket or piston rings. If the piston rings are worn out the oil is burnt that's why it emits white smoke. You will need to replace the head gasket and piston rings.

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Apr 30, 2011 | 2000 Daewoo Nubira

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I HAVE A 1989 TOYOTA CORROLLA. iCAN START BUT IT DOES NOT IDLE. I HAVE TO KEEP FOOT ON ACCELERATOR PAD TO KEEP THE MOTOR RUNNING AND IT STOLLS WNEN APPROACING TO STOP. FROM FRANKLIN SOUTH AFRICA.


If your carb has one, check the idle cut-off solenoid wiring and operation first. If that checks out your idle jet is either blocked or the volume adjustment screw is out of adjustment. Start with the volume adjustment screw by turning it all the way in (counting the number of turns it took) and then turning it out about three turns. See if you can get the engine to idle at that setting or somewhere near that. If that does not work, replace the screw to the original position and remove the idle jet and ensure that it is not clogged.

Mar 29, 2011 | 1989 Toyota Corolla 2 Door

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I have a ford xe 351v8 it blows lots of black smoke


Black smoke tells me your piston rings are worn. Also the fumes you have explained tells me the valve seals are worn and leaking oil as well
The leaking valve seals and pistion rings will expell the fumes out through the exhaust. If you check your oil level every 50 miles and the oil level is down a half quart or more serious engine wear has occured and needs to be rebuilt soon

Jun 29, 2010 | 1983 Ford Fairmont

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1996 pajero 4WD transmission making loud noises intermitently. Front wheel indicator lights flash on dash during and stay flashing after noise has stopped. Have put into 4WD mode and back to 2WD but...


mechanic is in error
smoking on acceleration after idling ( at lights etc) is valve stem seals
blue smoke on acceleration while travelling is an indication of excessive big end bearing clearance overloading the oil control rings
you don't say what type of transmission you have but if it is a CV transmission it could be a failing drive belt in the transmission especially if you have added normal atf oil at any time

Aug 12, 2017 | 1993 Mitsubishi Montero

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Car struggles to start struggles to get up to speed struggles to idle


Sounds like a miss fire, try a tune up if its been a while since your last one. Plugs wires air filter, etc.
Look at your exhaust with the car idling, if its dark grey then you have unburnt fuel in your exhaust and a tuneup is a good place to start. If it is blueish grey then you are probably burning oil and may need an intake gasket or valve seals.
Also check your fluid levels, especially coolant and oil. if the oil level is high and the coolant is low you may have a deeper issue and may need to take it to a repair shop.

Mar 02, 2010 | 1989 Toyota Camry

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